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Old 11-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #11
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I usually plan on at least 24 hrs, with a stirplate, with older yeast packs, give it some time to wake up. Just an idea, but whenever I am using an older yeast, I start the starter a week ahead to give me plenty of time to step up, when you step up the second time, it will take off like mad!

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:36 AM   #12
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Looks it like it sprang to life last night! Time to make my next recipe for this weekend as this yeast won't be ready for some time. THanks all for the comments

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #13
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That's great news! Just a little slow out of the gates.

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I haven't used to many liquid yeasts, I'm lazy and have mostly stuck with dry yeast. I'm thinking about branching out and try some of the liquid strains soon and I was curious about one thing. about how long does it take for a starter to finish? if I need to do a step up like you are talking about here, is 24 hours enough time and then should I chill and decant? My concern would be sticking the starter in the fridge too soon and not giving the yeast enough time. On the other hand, I'd rather not wait longer than necessary so as not to have to start more than a week before brew day.

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I haven't used to many liquid yeasts, I'm lazy and have mostly stuck with dry yeast. I'm thinking about branching out and try some of the liquid strains soon and I was curious about one thing. about how long does it take for a starter to finish? if I need to do a step up like you are talking about here, is 24 hours enough time and then should I chill and decant? My concern would be sticking the starter in the fridge too soon and not giving the yeast enough time. On the other hand, I'd rather not wait longer than necessary so as not to have to start more than a week before brew day.

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24 for yeast to do their thing, 24 hours in fridge, chill decant, repeat.

For most ales a <= 2L starter no step up is sufficient.
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It would seem that 24 hours is the standard, but really the yeast starter is done when it's done. In this case you can see that my yeast was a bit older and took off somewhere between 36 and 48 hours. I think you have to observe and make sure that the yeast are eating/reproducing as they should, and this generally with a healthy fresh yeast packet takes 24 hours (not my experience thus far, Im 0 for 1 on that).

By the way BPal, this one is a step up multi stage starter only because of a)age (low viability) and b) that it's a hybrid beer, meaning more yeast cells needed.

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Just a quick question- are you using the ale, lager, or hybrid pitching rates on mr malty? There's a selector that lots of people miss.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:11 AM   #18
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hybrid, I guess that's the right option for a cali common with wyeast 2112, I guess anyway.

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